## Articles

*Plus*contributor Lewis Dartnell reports on the scramble for million-dollar prizes that made mathematical headlines at the BA Festival of Science in September 2004.

**Jim Woodhouse**and

**Paul Galluzzo**explain why.

*Plus*, we heard how a simple mathematical equation became the subject of a debate in the UK parliament.

**Chris Budd**and

**Chris Sangwin**continue the story of the mighty quadratic equation.

**Lewis Dartnell**solves these, and other, puzzles of animal patterning.

**Chris Budd**and

**Chris Sangwin**tell us, in 2003 the good old quadratic equation, which we all learned about in school, reached these dizzy pinnacles of fame.

**John Haigh**thinks that perhaps the publicity surrounding the lottery has enhanced the nation's numeracy.

*Plus*, Marcus du Sautoy continues his exploration of the greatest unsolved problem of mathematics: The

**Riemann Hypothesis**.

**Riemann Hypothesis**. In the first part, we find out how the German mathematician Gauss, aged only 15, discovered the dice that Nature used to chose the primes.